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Crews Responding To Water Main Break At Northeast Philadelphia Intersection

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By Mark Abrams and Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A major water main break in the city’s Frankford section prompted evacuations and school closures Monday morning.

PHOTOS:Water Main Break in Frankford

The 48-inch water main broke shortly before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Frankford and Torresdale Avenues.

Widespread service disruptions were reported and there was low water pressure in several nearby areas of the city (See Related Story).

“We have three 60″ pipes here and one 48″ that comes off of them. It took us about 20 to 30 minutes to identify where and start closing the valves,” Howard Neukrug, PWD Commissioner said.

By 11:30 a.m., the water department says the shut was complete and water was back in service throughout the city.

WATCH:Mayor Nutter Gives Update On Water Main Break

Nearby businesses, including a daycare, were evacuated.

Firefighters moved…

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Large Water Main Break Floods Frankford

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By Mark Abrams and Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A major water main break in the city’s Frankford section prompted evacuations and school closures Monday morning.

PHOTOS:Water Main Break in Frankford

The 48-inch water main broke shortly before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Frankford and Torresdale Avenues.

Widespread service disruptions were reported and there was low water pressure in several nearby areas of the city (See Related Story).

“We have three 60″ pipes here and one 48″ that comes off of them. It took us about 20 to 30 minutes to identify where and start closing the valves,” Howard Neukrug, PWD Commissioner said.

By 11:30 a.m., the water department says the shut was complete and water was back in service throughout the city.

WATCH:Mayor Nutter Gives Update On Water Main Break

Nearby businesses, including a daycare, were evacuated.

Firefighters moved…

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Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Allowing Advertising on School Buses and Buildings

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —     A City Council committee today approved a bill that would allow the School District of Philadelphia to raise money by selling advertising on school district property.

It’s not clear how much money the cash-starved district could raise by selling ads on its buses and buildings.  Several suburban districts raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, while New York City brings in $6 million a year.

Philadelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns (in photo) told Council’s Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn’t guarantee that the district will follow through, because the district is looking into whether selling ads on buildings might jeopardize the tax-exempt bonds used to build them.

But she says they’re willing to talk about new funding streams.

“We are open to revenue options and absolutely open to long-term sustainability revenue options,” she said.

Ads for alcohol and tobacco would…

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Philadelphia Police Practice Getting Help To Victims Of Active Shooter

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By Mike DeNardo and Walt Hunter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police and fire medics are practicing for the unthinkable: An active shooter opening fire in a mall or office building.

The gunfire was pretend, but the tension was real during active shooter training at the police academy on Monday. Officers practiced taking down the shooter and providing cover for medics so they can get to the wounded faster.

“Once the shooting is over, we’re going to secure the scene,” said police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan. “We’re going to evacuate it of all those that have not been injured. And we’re going to begin to treat and remove those people that have been injured. And that’s going to save lives.”

Every Philadelphia police officer is getting the active shooter training.

In addition, SWAT team captain Winton Singletary said he’s been working with retailers and businesses to…

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